In a state of awe and gratitude at the opening of the “David Bowie Is” exhibition Friday at Brooklyn Museum. The depth, breadth, and emotional impact make it one the most astounding I’ve experienced. It’s not just a collection of artifacts, but a beautiful visual & sonic experience of all the people Bowie was - from simple man, to otherworldly enigma. Ultimately, in a bittersweet collision of thankfulness and heartbreak, David Bowie is so unique and extraordinary, he is forever irreplaceable, yet inspirational. “David Bowie Is” alive. ⚡️
This post was removed by Instagram due to the Iconic nudes behind me at The Helmut Newton Museum. I was heartbroken, as this post documents a moment I was very proud of, worked extremely hard to achieve, and marked for me, a huge accomplishment in my small artistic life. It was the highest ‘liked’ and ‘commented’ post on my page, all of which I lost. Instagram says in their guidelines “Nudity in photos of paintings and sculptures is OK, too.” I cannot understand why this happened, since I thoroughly adhered to their strict guidelines. I’m deeply saddened. So I’m reposting again with Helmut Newton’s photos inside the museum, in blur. Fortunately my joy and memory of this wonderful moment can’t be erased. All my gratitude to everyone who had supported me and contributed. Below is my original caption:
Holding one of the last copies of The Girl in the Fifth Floor Walk-Up, selling at The Helmut Newton Museum Foundation for Photography. All my gratitude to Curator Matthias Harder for making one of my art-nerd dreams come true. Photography in the museum is strictly prohibited, but he kindly held back security and allowed us to capture this moment. Helmut Newton is a longtime hero of mine. He was widely regarded as a catalyst for an era of female emancipation. His nudes and portraits aimed to shake up preconceived perceptions of femininity and gender norms, set free from social restrictions of the time. Newton’s women are strong, assertive, dangerous, bold, erotic and entirely in control. They embrace the beauty of imperfection. They radiate empowerment. Forever testing the limits of social acceptability, he provided a lens to explore power, sexuality and gender roles. To have my little red photo-book sold here and be associated with him in any way, is an honor. Thank you Helmut Newton Foundation Museum. 📷@charlesjohnstone
‘Always go a little further into the water than you feel you’re capable of being in. And when you don’t feel that your feet are quite touching the bottom, you’re just about at the right place to do something exciting.’ ⚡️
- David Bowie
Here’s to going a little further for an exciting 2018! #happynewyear#nofilter#me
“Sorry I missed you, I had a secret meeting in the basement of my brain.
I’m having trouble inside my skin.
I try to keep my skeletons in.”
Thank you, The National, for this vital evening of rock catharsis. Matt Berninger led us from painful, anxious contemplation to full-scale emotional exorcism, ultimately joining us wholeheartedly in the crowd. #gratitude#ntl
Honored to be at Opening Night of Paris Photo where the 2nd Limited Edition of The Girl in the Fifth Floor Walk-Up will be showing Nov. 9-12. The book was created by photographer 📷@charlesjohnstone and me. It’s a ‘story’ told in expired Polaroid film; I play The Girl in the Fifth Floor Walk-Up. Bonjour Paris!
I first saw Wings of Desire as a teen in NYC at a revival cinema. It altered my life. I’ve seen it countless times since, including today. Thank you Wim Wenders.
The world seems to be
sinking into dusk
but I tell the stories
as in the beginning
in my sing-song voice
which sustains me
protected by the tale
from the troubling present.
- Homer the Poet, ‘Wings of Desire’